Ege University Bioengineering Department - PLANT CELL, TISSUE AND ORGAN CULTURE GROUP

Background Information

Plant cell and tissue culture techniques are applied to different plant species in order to perform various purposes. Different kind of projects are carried out related with obtaining virus-free plants via meristem cultures, clonal propagation and regeneration of medicinal, ornamental and economically valuable plants, producing secondary metabolites from medicinal plants by cell, callus cultures and hairy root cultures.


Instruments / Special Equipments

Laminar air flow cabinets, autoclave, etuv, sterilizer, cooled incubator, stereo and inverted microscopes, a digital microscope camera, pH meter, hot plate, vacuum and air pumps, centrifuges, RITA bioreactors.


Research Area

  • Micropropagation of endemic plants (Astragalus spp., Liquidamber orientalis, Rhaponticoides mykalea), medicinal plants (Digitalis ferruginea, Achillea spp., Stevia rebaudiana), ornamental plants (orchids, Rose spp., Callistemon citrinus), fruit trees (Ficus carica, Prunus cerasifera) and some aquatic plants due to their economical importance,
  • Production of secondary metabolites from some plants such as Rubia tinctorum, Gentiana cruciata, Astragalus spp. through Agrobacterium rhizogenes-mediated hairy root, cell and callus culture techniques,
  • Haploid and dihaploid plant production,
  • In vitro flowering,
  • Micropropagation and optimisation of commercial plant species by using RITA bioreactors,
  • Production of disease-free plants,
  • Usage of anthraquinones obtained from Rubia tinctorum cell suspension cultures, as a natural dye in textile. 


Research Group

Prof. Dr. Aynur GÜREL

MSc and PhD students


Selected Publications

  • Semizer Cuming, D., Altan, F., Akdemir, H., Tosun, M., Gurel, A., Tanyolac, B., (2015). QTL Analysis of Fiber Color and Fiber Quality in Naturally Green Colored Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.), Turk J Field Crops, 20 (1), 49-58.
  • Hayta, S., Bayraktar, M., Baykan Erel, S., Gurel, A., (2015). Direct plant regeneration from different explants through micropropagation and determination of secondary metabolites in the critically endangered endemic Rhaponticoides mykalea, Plant Biosystems, DOI: 10.1080/11263504.2015.1057267
  • Bayraktar, M., Hayta, S., Parlak, S., Gurel, A., (2015). Micropropagation of centennial tertiary relict trees of Liquidambar orientalis Miller through meristematic nodules produced by cultures of primordial shoots, Trees, DOI 10.1007/s00468-015-1179-2.
  • Nartop, P., Gurel, A., Akgun, I.H., Bedir, E., (2015). Astragaloside IV and Cycloastragenol Production Capacity of Astragalus trojanus Calli, Rec. Nat. Prod., 9 (1): 49-61.
  • Nartop, P., Akay, Ş., Gürel, A., (2013). Immobilization of Rubia tinctorum L. suspension cultures and its effects on alizarin and purpurin accumulation and biomass production, Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture, 112(1): 123-128.